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Update from council leader - 6 January

Time Square - outside

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

Following the Government announcement on Monday, national lockdown rules apply and all residents in Bracknell Forest should stay at home. This is due to the continual rise in COVID-19 cases, meaning we all need to play our part in suppressing the spread.

You must stay at home and follow the rules to protect your family, your friends and our borough.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

You may leave home to shop for necessities, for you or a vulnerable person or to go to work if you cannot reasonably do so from home.

You should only exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can also meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one, or to seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential, and you should not attend work.

All Bracknell Forest schools will be closed for face-to-face learning from tomorrow (Tuesday). Online learning will be made available to pupils. The only exception will be for students who are deemed vulnerable (children with a social worker or EHCP) or those whose parents or carers are critical workers. Schools will make on site provision for those pupils and will be in direct contact with families regarding arrangements.

I would like to end this week on a more positive note and celebrate the authorisation and first injections of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This is fantastic news which means that we now have two approved vaccines which can be rolled out across the country. Although we are very much still in the midst of the pandemic and should not become complacent, I hope that this will bring some hope to the start of 2021, as it has for me.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

Stay safe, and have a good week.